Tiger Woods (pictured) has won six regular tournaments at Torrey Pines as well as US Open, and the former world number one is in great shape to add to that tally after the second round of the Farmer’s Insurance Open.
Woods won his last major at the California complex in 2008 and clearly has a game well suited to the host North and South courses where he is playing this week. He missed the cut last week in the Abu Dhabi Championship on the European Tour when his game did not appear to be in good order.
After some time away from the course due to injury and the fallout from revelations about his private life Woods dropped down the world rankings. Three wins last season helped him reach number two in the standings with only Rory McIlroy above him.
Despite claiming three regular Tour titles Woods may look back on 2012 with an element of disappointment. He failed to add to his total of 14 major championships despite playing himself into contention before fading over the weekend.
The Ryder Cup will probably rank as one of the most disappointing weeks in Woods’ career. He won just one half a point for the side and his partnership with Steve Stricker failed to deliver the expected points.
At the close of play at Torrey Pines on Friday Woods had established a two shot lead after a seven under par round of 65. There was only one blemish on his card and Woods completed his round in the best possible way with an eagle on the 18th hole.
Woods will look at the leaderboard and feel this is a tournament that he should win. Brandt Snedeker is now seven shots of the pace after playing his second round in ten more shots than his first round.
Phil Mickelson is also a multiple winner of this tournament which is one of his favorites of the year. He grew up San Diego and attended the event as a teenager. At one under par Mickelson made the halfway cut with a shot to spare but is now too far behind Woods to contend over the remaining 36 holes.
Woods always defines his years by success or otherwise in the majors but if he wins this week he will be reminding McIlroy that he can still be a factor in the majors at this stage of his career.